CAMP PENDLETON, California --
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California 17, June 2021. – United States Marine Corps Capt. Christian Thiessen, an infantry officer and student in the Information Sciences Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), along with Dr. Britta Hale, a professor from NPS, collaborated with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group to analyze operational shortfalls that can be reduced and or resolved.
The NPS accepts U.S. service members, DOD employees and international students into their many programs such as Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, National Security Affairs, Operations Research, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. These programs provide students a chance to engage in defense-focused education and classified studies in order to provide the fleet with operational level advancements that meet the needs of the fleet and unit leader’s requirements.
While working at NPS Dr. Hale explains how students have the opportunity to work with personnel from the lower enlisted ranks all the way up to higher commissioned officers so that all perspectives can contribute to the ideas which may become solutions to identified problems in the future.
Throughout the month of June Thiessen and Hale met with different units on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as part of the Fleet Engagement Program to observe and document data that potentially could identify problems or gaps.
“The Fleet Engagement Program is designed to bring faculty and students from NPS back to the fleet to understand and sense the environment and where there are capability gaps or shortfalls," said Thiessen. “We have the ability to take a step back, find a solution, and really lay out a path on how we can nip away at that solution."
NPS is able to view the larger picture since it is a third party entity. This allows NPS to internalize data and study ways to improve the operational battlefield. NPS then studies the effectiveness of the results.
Thiessen talks about how NPS and the students adapt and meet the needs of the fleet by enforcing critical thinking skills that will play a vital role when solving problems for future battles.
“The curriculum at NPS gives me the ability to critically analyze and synthesize a lot of information and data very quickly,” said Thiessen.
With I MIG being a new addition to the Marine Corps, it brings new capabilities with it that can be utilized and, with NPS’s help, units will be able to create solutions to issues before they arise. This in turn will create a stronger Fleet Marine Force.